The ADA is again promoting the National children’s dental health month in February 2020 like it has been doing since February 8, 1949, for the first time. Back then it was a one-day event and was extended to a week only in 1955. The campaign received a further boost in 1981 when it was extended to a month. Now every year one can see the National children’s dental health month is observed every February.
This year the NCDHM is celebrating water fluoridation in 2020 because it marks the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation in community water and the Association is looking forward to helping dentists celebrate the occasion as NCDHM approaches. The 2020 NCDHM is also honoring the program with the slogan stating “fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!”
The ADA is bringing NCDHM to the public every February as a month-long national health observance campaign that is bringing together thousands of dedicated professionals, educators, healthcare providers for promoting the benefits of good oral health to children, their teachers, caregivers, and many others. It comes as no surprise that even the dentist near me is enthusiastic about the campaign and is promoting it to everyone whenever possible.
In 2019 the slogan for the ADA stated “brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile” while also promoting the benefits of getting fluoride from the tap. For 2020 the focus has shifted to fluoride and the subject of brushing and cleaning for building a healthy smile seems to have taken a backseat. The august body must have its reasons for shifting the focus to fluoridated water perhaps realizing that many did not have access to this resource which was the reason why an increasing number of children were falling prey to cavities which they shouldn’t be doing. The slogan by the ADA will certainly draw the attention of children to the benefits of having fluoridated water rather than sodas and other carbonated beverages that are at the forefront of contributing to cavities in their mouths.
Pediatric dentists are routinely recommending that children be exposed to fluoride as early as possible as a precautionary measure to prevent tooth decay. They are also providing in-office fluoride treatments to children that are fully covered by dental insurance providers. Unfortunately, the same provision is unavailable to adults that are required to pay for the fluoride treatments. However, the availability of the treatment for children with coverage from insurance providers should encourage parents to take their children to the dentist in Rockville, MD, for fluoride treatments whenever possible or needed.
Just because the slogan of the ADA has shifted focus to fluoride does not mean that this body is no longer promoting the need to brush and clean in between for building a healthy smile. It is an essential requirement that must be followed by children and adults alike failing which the problem of cavities and tooth decay will affect them no matter how many fluoride treatments they obtain from the dentist near them.
Even the dentist open on Saturday is suggesting to every passerby that maintaining oral hygiene properly is extremely important if they wish to have healthy teeth that will help them to smile healthily. Trying to smile with a set of broken, chipped, cracked, and stained teeth will only subject people to the embarrassment which they wouldn’t want.
Maintaining optimal oral hygiene does not require people to indulge in extra efforts but only needs them to follow a routine and be a role model their children would be proud to follow and state “my Papa or mama has made NCDHM an everyday routine in my home.” It may not happen in every home with all people but a beginning and certainly be made somewhere for the habit to be continued elsewhere.
NCDHM will again be held in 2021 with another slogan to prevent tooth decay and cavities but the campaign must be ongoing in the homes of every American to ensure no member of their family is affected by this chronic condition.